This blog is an account of my travels, my experiences abroad, starting with Turkey in 2004, straight after graduating from university, my teaching internship in Colombia for a whole year and my 2 years spent in London which gave me the amazing opportunity to travel to Belgium, France and Spain.
I'm back in Romania and I'm here to stay. I've discovered that my contry is not so bad after all. And besides, we can't all just walk away and stop caring! Somebody has to care, somebody has to take a stand and to make a difference. I AM THE DIFFERENCE I WANT TO SEE IN THIS WORLD. We often judge our own kind for not being open-minded or civilised enough, compared to the western world. But how and what would I call myself if I didn't understand that changing takes time and we need patience if we are to change mentalities in this country! So I am investing every penny I've got in a brand new project, putting all my energy into an English Center that will rock this world!! A passion for travelling, writing and taking pictures are a good enough reason to carry on with my blog, so there's definitely more coming up. Just stay tuned!!
Enjoy and hit me back with your thoughts!!
July 11th 2013
Examene Cambridge in Pitesti in parteneriat cu British Council!! In luna iunie 2013, dupa un an scolar in care cursantii centrului nostru s-au pregatit nu numai sa invete limba engleza cat mai bine, ci si sa sustina un examen Cambridge potrivit nivelului lor, ziua cea mare a sosit! Elevii s-au pregatit folosind manuale Cambridge University Press si lucrand foarte multe teste cu tipsuri si strategii, scriind multe compozitii tip eseu, scrisoare, raport, etc, fiecare cu specificul ei si exersand mult pentru proba orala. Emotiile au fost foarte mari si aici sunt cateva poze ale zilei de 15 iunie 2013 in care s-au sustinut probele de scris pentru nivelele Cambridge: YLE Starters, YLE Flyers, KET si FCE. Cu 3 zile inainte, pe data de 12 iunie 2013, dupa un curs foarte intensiv, s-a sustinut examenul Cambridge nivel ... read more
June 30th 2013
There are plenty of summer holiday destinations to choose from and tourists are spoiled for choice. However, for history and culture-lovers and those of you who love to go sightseeing, Transylvania is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the top summer destinations! My boyfriend and I decided on the spur of the moment to go on a city break and picked some of the most renowned places in Transylvania and went ahead and booked a night at Ibis Hotel in Sibiu and a second one at a small, lovely pension - Citadela Pension in Sighisoara. To our delight, the pictures of the pension posted on the website heralded not only an impressive interior design of the pension, but also the atmosphere and the feel of the 1820s. Indeed the owner went to great lengths ... read more
June 19th 2012
What a year it has been!!! 19th June - a fun-packed day to wrap up a fun-packed year! :)... read more
June 17th 2012
Obisnuinta de a studia vara sau de a participa la orice fel de activitate educationala nu este specifica elevilor si studentilor romani. Vara ne distrm. Punct. NU este loc de altceva. In ciuda acestui fapt, demaram un proiect de vara sub sigla VARA 100 in care ne propunem ca in lunile iulie si august sa continuam a invata si exersa limba engleza. Cu activitati menite sa aduca in prim plan creativitatea, spiritul de echipa, dar de ce nu? si cel competitiv, dorim sa organizam un curs in care nu numai ca nu vom avea timp sa ne plictisim, dar in care vom invata distrandu-ne!!... read more
June 17th 2012
PRIMUL EXAMEN CAMBRIDGE PE CALCULATOR IN PITESTI a fost organizat de centrul nostru!!! Dupa indelungate consultari cu British Council, am reusit sa sustinem primul CB (computer-based) FCE in Pitesti pe 9 iunie 2012 - proba de Speaking si 16 iunie - probele Reading, Writing, Use of English si Listening. A fost senzational, o experienta unica pentru copii si pentu organizatori!! Speram ca acesta sa fie primul dintr-un lung sir de examene CB organizate de centrul nostru in Pitesti!!!! The first computer-based Cambridge exam in Pitesti was a huge success. Despite not being easy to organise, our center has successfully coped with the pressure of organising a Cambridge ESOL event and met the strict requirements of British Council. Our lovely and very enthusiastic 12 candidates that signed up for this great feat were very pleased with the ... read more
June 15th 2011
NU VA PIERDETI VARA!!! Investiti in voi si viitorul vostru! English Fun with Mona va ofera cursuri de limba engleza bazate pe interactiune, comunicare, jocuri si distractie. A invata poate fi nu doar placut, ci distractiv!!!! Centrul este situat vis-a-vis de Casa Cartii, in inima Pitestiului, langa Pro Credit Bank, la etajul 1. Cursurile incep la sfarsitul lui iunie-inceputul lui iulie. Inscrieti-va acum!!... read more
May 9th 2011
Romania's got beauty, indeed. I think I've never denied it, but I've never embraced the idea, either. But ROMANIA HAS GOT BEAUTY. Beauty we do not promote or capitalise on, but nevertheless Romania's got tremendous natural and man-made beauty. History. Culture. Despite the horrible weather, I went into raptures about the historical monuments, cathedrals and sites we visited this past weekend. Amazed, delighted, mesmerised, bewitched. In addition, the German influence has definitely left its mark on the level of culture, civilisation and people's life-style. 'Thank you', 'sorry' and 'pardon' are just as often heard here as anywhere else in the civilised world. Amen to that! SIBIU, formerly known as the European capital of culture is a little paradise where everything old remains untouched and keeps on telling ... read more
May 5th 2011
Incepand din aceasta vara ENGLISH FUN WITH MONA va invita sa nu va pierdeti vara! Adresandu-se in special elevilor de liceu, dar nu numai, ENGLISH FUN WITH MONA se ghideaza dupa o regula matemetica simpla: 4 (ani de liceu) x 3 (luni vacanta de vara) = 12 luni petrecute la mare, la soare, la bunici, prin parcuri si cluburi. Toate bune si frumoase si SUPER! Cred insa ca vacantele de vara pot fi valorificate, ne pot aduce multe beneficii personele si profesionale. DON'T WASTE YOUR SUMMER!! este primul program de vara pe care v-il propune ENGLISH FUN WITH MONA, program care va invita sa va inscrieti la un curs de vara fun, interactiv, in care distractia si studiul merg mana in mana. Si aceasta este o promisiune!! :)) Ideea de cursuri de vara si summer school ... read more
May 1st 2011
It's been a lovely day with sunny spells and some scattered showers. We decided to head off to MUZEUL GOLESTI which is a breath-taking traditional Romanian village with small traditional cottages, a church and school and horse stables, all gathered around the old mansion which used to belong to Dinicu Golescu (1777-1830), a wealthy and wise Romanian landowner who lived in the 18th/19th century. It is on account of many social and political enterprises and projects which he undertook and due to his thinking and understanding of the surrounding world that were far ahead of his time, that his life and enlightened attitude remain as a true landmark in the Romanian history. He founded a school on his property where children were given the opportunity to study free of charge and he took active part in ... read more
March 27th 2011
Sunday 27th March 2011. Woke up at 6 am ( 5 am!! if we don't take into account the summer saving time change). Drove myself to Bucharest yyyeeeey !!! Got there in 1 piece yeeeey!!! Took part in a 6h CPE seminar. Loved every bit of it! Met interesting people. Completed several activities and tasks on CPE exam format, tips and strategies. Had a 20 min lunch break. Did some more pair work and studying. Received an attendance certificate. Took some pics to remember the day and the seminar. Thanked our tutor Ioana Serban and said our goodbyes. Drove myself home. 5 pm. Home safe and sound. In one piece. Yeeey!!! :) ... read more